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26 February 2020

Preventing Covid-19 (Coronavirus)



At the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service, we take great care to minimise any risk of harm to donors or patients. This is why we place a number of restrictions on who can donate at any given time – and why these constraints can and do change over time.

We have recently put a number of new rules in place in an effort to prevent the possibility of spreading the new coronavirus, Covid-19. These rules apply to donors who have recently travelled to Scotland from a number of higher risk areas, namely:

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

If you have recently returned from these destinations (and this includes airport stopovers), you are not currently eligible to give blood. This will be the case even if you are perfectly healthy just now.

For more information, see our Can I give blood? - Travel info

For information about Covid-19, dial 111
For information about Covid-19, dial 111

What is Covid-19?

Previously known as Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), Covid-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.

What are the symptoms of a Covid-19?

Common symptoms include:

  • high temperature or fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

What do I do if I have been to an affected area and have these symptoms?

If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of returning, phone your GP or NHS 24 (111) immediately.

Don’t go to your GP practice, phone for advice from home.

Where can I found out more?

NHS inform have created an excellent resource on the coronavirus, including an automated self-check guide which will help you find out what to do next if you have developed any of these symptoms since arriving from an affected area.


Current blood stock levels across Scotland

We aim to retain 6 days of stocks at any time in order to meet the requirements of patients in Scotland.

Learn more about blood types